Great Britain settle for Australia draw at Sultan of Johor Cup

Luke Taylor (centre) celebrates scoring

Great Britain were denied another win by a late Australian comeback at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia. Despite leading 3-1 at half time, Jon Bleby’s side found themselves pegged back by a strong second half display from the Australians and although Jack Waller regained the lead three minutes from time, they couldn’t hold on, eventually setting for a 4-4 draw.

Jack Clee opened the scoring in the eight minute, his second goal of the competition and then Luke Taylor continued his hot streak, bagging a penalty corner in the 27th minute for his team’s second and his sixth goal of the tournament.

Ryan Proctor converted a penalty corner on 31 minutes to bring Australia back into the contest but Taylor restored the two goal cushion on the stroke of half time, again from a penalty corner.

The Australian fight back started in the 55th minute when Frazer Gerrard scored from a set piece and 10 minutes later the Stephen Gale notched an equaliser.

Waller’s late strike seemed to have rescued the three points for Great Britain, putting them 4-3 up with just three minutes to go, but with Australia removing their goalkeeper and going to a kicking back there was a further twist. A final penalty corner from Andrew Scanlon beat Chris Wyver and ensured the sides shared the points from a pulsating game.